Sega attempted to combat the success of Nintendo’s Tetris with Columns, which is a solid game in its own right. Released on the Genesis in 1990, it also received a Master System port, and that version is actually one of the better puzzle games on the console.
Millennium’s famous fish hero, James Pond, had a series of popular games across computers and the Genesis. Rumor has it that another Pond game is in the works, but before loading your gun and packing your license to kill, why not check out our full review of the game that started it all. James Pond: Underwater Agent is a neat little platformer that will make you think as much as it will make you chuckle.
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with half-naked fairies? That seems to be what people remember most about Razorsoft’s controversial title Stormlord. Of course, there’s some deep gameplay in as well, but there’s something about those fairies that has kept the game in the public consciousness for two decades. Either way, Stormlord is worth checking out. Whether you’re in it for the cleavage or the challenging puzzles, this might be a title you need to play!
Taito’s list of arcade conversions to the Genesis is pretty big, much larger still if one includes those titles left behind in Japan. One such game was the adorable platformer New Zealand Story, which tells the tale of a little kiwi named Tiki who is out to save his girl and friends from an evil Walrus. Featuring adorable visuals and some of the most brutal platforming action of the era, this is one game that lures you in with its cuteness, only to then lash out and cut your throat, kind of like Chucky.
The Genesis is no stranger to controversy, especially where violent content is concerned. The current ratings system employed by the gaming industry is in very large part thanks to the initiative Sega took to identify the content of games released on its hardware. Titles like Night Trap and Mortal Kombat made huge waves in the press, but a few other equally violent games were almost completely ignored. One of those, TechnoCop, was probably given the cold shoulder due to one simple fact: it’s not very good. When you wrap dull gameplay in bad graphics and audio, the resulting package isn’t worthy of much notice.